The Maritime Art Prize and Exhibition is a highly regarded competition that has been hosted at the heritage-listed Mission building in Melbourne’s Docklands for eighteen years. Due to covid-19 restrictions in Victoria, this year’s exhibition is being hosted online.
More than 200 entries were received and 107 were shortlisted from a highly competitive field – including a greater number of emerging artists than previous years – all of whom responded to the theme ‘The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’.
Maritime Art Award 2020 Winner - $10,000
Rodney Forbes ‘A submariner dreams of home.’ Oil on Canvas
Judges’ Comments: Chair of Judges Dr. Graeme H. Williams OAM
"This year’s judging resulted in the main award going to an established artist, however it was far from clear cut due to the high standard of entries and their different approaches to the theme. The winner, Rodney Forbes, first submitted for the Award in 2016 and his works have always demanded attention. It was felt that his work not only captured the essence of the theme ‘The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’ but was particularly pertinent that it was based on the lot of a submariner considering the whole of Melbourne is in lockdown with a pandemic, similarly without contact with loved ones. Forbes is a master of irony and there are many layers embedded in this work, making it a worthy response to the theme."
‘Gulf Agency’ Best Traditional Maritime Art Award Winner - $5,000
John Woodland ‘Tooronga and Changte’ Watercolour on Paper
‘Nevile & Co’ Runners Up Award - $2,000 Joint Winners:
Orlando Durades Valdor ‘Get lost to find yourself’ Acrylic on Linen
Mark Seabrook ‘The Catch (1938)’ Oil on Canvas
Emerging Artist Award - $1,000
Benedict Sibley ‘All Men will be Sailors’ Willow Charcoal on Arches Paper
VICT People's Choice Award announced on Sunday 15th November
View the winning entries and shortlisted works, vote for your favourite and even make a purchase! https://gallery.missiontoseafarers.com.au